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Guerrero put Toronto ahead with an RBI single off Taj Bradley (3-1) in the first, had a run-scoring single in the fifth that opened a 10-0 lead and hit a 423-foot grand slam in a nine-run ninth against Luke Raley.
Guerrero is hitting .300 with eight homers and 33 RBI. His six RBI were one shy of his career high.
All 12 Toronto batters in the game had hits, and the Blue Jays finished with 27 hits — their most since getting 29 against Boston in a 28-5 win last July 22.
Tampa Bay entered with the second-fewest runs allowed in the majors at 170 and gave up its most since a 20-8 loss at Boston on Aug. 11, 2021.
Toronto Blue Jays' Daulton Varsho (25) and Kevin Kiermaier (right) congratulate Danny Jansen
George Springer had four hits, and Bo Bichette, Whit Merrifield, Guerrero and Danny Jansen had three apiece. Springer hit his seventh homer, a solo drive in the third.
Raley, an outfielder and first baseman, allowed seven runs and eight hits over 1 2/3 innings. He threw 27 pitches of 47-54 mph, striking out Guerrero in the eighth.
Catcher Christian Bethancourt entered with two outs in the ninth and gave up Daulton Varsho's RBI single and Jansen's two-run homer.
Raley's ERA is 30.38 after his second mound appearance this season. Bethancourt's ERA is 81.00.
Zack Burdi gave up six runs in the fifth, five of them earned.
Jose Berrios (4-4) allowed one run, five hits and two walks, striking out five.
Isaac Paredes homered for the Rays, who dropped to 22-5 at home this season. Tampa Bay leads the majors with 95 home runs.
Bradley gave up four runs and nine hits in four innings.
YANKEES 6, ORIOLES 5
Aaron Judge hit a tying homer in the ninth inning and rookie Anthony Volpe drove in the winning run with a sacrifice fly in the 10th as the streaking New York Yankees rallied past the Baltimore Orioles 6-5.
Harrison Bader homered to begin New York's comeback from an early 4-0 deficit, and Judge took Gerrit Cole off the hook for his first loss in 11 starts this season.
Back home from a 6-1 trip, the Yankees (30-20) won their fifth straight in a series opener between AL East rivals who both entered on a roll. They improved to 15-5 in their last 20 games, moving 10 games above .500 for the first time this season.
Cole, who reached 2,000 strikeouts in the second, was pulled after giving up back-to-back singles to start the sixth.
New York Yankees' Gerrit Cole became the third fastest pitcher to 2,000 strikeouts on Tuesday
RANGERS 6, PIRATES 1
Nathan Eovaldi pitched a complete game for the second time in five starts after throwing just two in the first 226 of his major league career, leading the Texas Rangers over the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-1.
Eovaldi (6-2) allowed six hits, struck out five and walked one, his fifth straight start of at least seven innings.
The 33-year-old right-hander, a 12-year big league veteran, pitched a three-hit shutout in a 2-0 win over the Yankees on April 29.
Rangers pitcher Nathan Eovaldi (right) celebrates team's 6-1 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates
CARDINALS 8, REDS 5
Paul Goldschmidt homered in his first two at-bats and Adam Wainwright earned his first victory over Cincinnati since 2019 as the Cardinals defeated the Reds 8-5.
Since starting the season 10-24, the Cardinals have won 12 of their last 16 games.
Goldschmidt hit solo homers in the first and third innings off Reds starter Graham Ashcraft. He has nine home runs this season and has had three multi-homer games this year and 26 in his career.
St. Louis Cardinals' Tommy Edman hits a two-run triple during the fourth inning on Tuesday
WHITE SOX 4, GUARDIANS 2
Romy Gonzalez's two-run double broke a seventh-inning tie and sent the Chicago White Sox to a 4-2 win over the Cleveland Guardians.
Gonzalez snapped a 2-2 tie with his hard hit off rookie Logan Allen (1-2), who was probably left in the game one batter